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January 1, 2011
TCAS Upgrades L-3 Avionics Systems is developing Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) capable versions of its SkyWatch HP models SKY899 TAS and SKY899A TCAS-I systems. The models are expected to be available in mid-2011, the company said. The new SkyWatch HP units will come with a pre-installed, updated software package that will fuse active traffic and mode-S (1090 MHz) ADS-B information...
January 1, 2011
New Avionics Publisher Named Access Intelligence LLC has appointed Tish Drake publisher of Avionics Magazine. Drake has been with Access Intelligence for more than 10 years as publisher of Communications Technology magazine, a broadband industry publication. She can be reached at tdrake@accessintel.com or 800-325-0156. The magazine also named Susan Joyce district sales manager for the western United States...
January 1, 2011
January 18–19 Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE), AsiaWorld Expo and Hong Kong Business Aviation Center, Hong Kong. For more information, visit www.abace.aero/2011. March 5-8 Heli-Expo 2011, Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Fla. Contact the Helicopter Association International (HAI), phone 703-683-4646 or visit www.heliexpo.com. 8-10 ATC Global 2011, Amsterdam RAI...
December 1, 2010
Avionics Magazine proudly presents the fifth edition of our biennial Aerospace Acronym...
December 1, 2010
One of the biggest drivers for new generation databus technology is the transmission of video, images and other visual information — such as for terrain awareness and mapping, as well as weather radar — which requires large increases in data quantity and refresh rates. Manufacturers of systems that address high bandwidth databus networking face a number of challenges. These include maintaining...
December 1, 2010
Joe Hof Metron Aviation, Dulles, Va., appointed Joe Hof director of business Development for Global ATM Operations. Before joining Metron, Hof was the national operations manager of international operations at FAA’s Air Traffic Control System Command Center (ATCSCC), where he was responsible for developing Traffic Flow Management (TFM) processes and procedures with international air navigation...
December 1, 2010
December 8 Issues in Air Traffic Management, an Avionics Magazine webinar, noon to 1 p.m., EST. For more information, visit www.aviationtoday.com/webinars. 2011 January 18–19 Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE), AsiaWorld Expo and Hong Kong Business Aviation Center, Hong Kong. For more information, visit www.abace.aero/2011. March 5-8 Heli-Expo 2011, Orange County Convention...
November 1, 2010
Rushed to combat theaters last year, laser-pointing Directed Infrared Countermeasures (DIRCM) protect U.S. helicopters from shoulder-launched missiles. The Army acknowledges the Advanced Threat Infrared Countermeasures (ATIRCM) system on a Chinook defeated a multi-missile ambush soon after the quick reaction capability was fielded. The Naval Air Systems Command, meanwhile, notes DIRCM-enabled Marine Corps...
November 1, 2010
An investment group led by ITT Corp. has developed a novel funding mechanism aimed at supporting airlines in buying and installing NextGen avionics beginning in 2012. The funding mechanism, involving a mix of commercial borrowing and private equity “in excess of $1 billion,” would finance new avionics for up to 5,600 Part 121 aircraft, the majority of the United States fleet. The equipment...
November 1, 2010
Wire and cable for aerospace and defense applications are often seen as commodity products, and, as such, manufacturers and distributors of these products have to please a broad spectrum of customers when it comes to characteristics such as weight, size and flexibility. “As you see the increasing demand for higher-performance products that are lighter, have better attenuation and higher speed, there...
November 1, 2010
Listening to satellite radio the other day while approaching Washington’s Capital Beltway, sometimes referred to as “the world’s largest parking lot,” I was reminded of President Obama’s proposal to invest $50 billion in the nation’s transportation infrastructure, often referred to as “crumbling.” When the President floated the proposal on Labor Day in...
November 1, 2010
Achieving the benefits of NextGen will require that users equip with avionics supporting NextGen capabilities — avionics for ADS-B, data communications and Required Navigation Performance. On the commercial carrier front, the willingness to equip will be driven by the ability to close a business case for retrofitting existing aircraft and forward-fitting aircraft that have yet to come off the...
November 1, 2010
Avionics Webinar Panelists: Demand Grows For Cabin, Cockpit Connectivity The market for in-flight connectivity systems in business aircraft is “exploding,” with multiple providers offering new capabilities for the cabin and cockpit, panelists said Oct. 13 during an Avionics Magazine webinar, “Business Jet Connections: In-Flight Connectivity Services and Solutions for Business...
November 1, 2010
Ethernet Switch Acra Control Inc., of Hollywood, Md., launched a ruggedized managed Grandmaster Ethernet switch designed for airborne applications. The NET/SWI/004 is a lightweight, MIL-STD-810 ruggedized Ethernet switch. It has an embedded Grandmaster that transmits IEEE 1588 PTP precision Time Protocol (PTP) packets to achieve system wide synchronization using time data from a built-in GPS receiver or a...
November 1, 2010
EMS Aviation Appointments EMS Aviation named Clifford Topham vice president of sales and marketing. Topham most recently served in leadership positions in sales and business development for Rolls-Royce. Topham previously served as director of sales and customer support for International Aero Engines AG, a joint venture of Rolls-Royce (U.K.), Pratt & Whitney (United States), MTU (Germany) and JAEC...
November 1, 2010
November 11-12 Joint AEEC EFB Users Forum and International Air Transport Association (IATA) EFB Task Force Meeting. Eurocontrol headquarters, Brussels, Belgium. For information, visit www.aviation-ia.com/events or call 410-266-4113. December 8 Issues in Air Traffic Management, an Avionics Magazine webinar, noon to 1 p.m., EST. For more information, see www.aviationtoday.com/webinars. 2011 January...
October 1, 2010
Airframers and suppliers are ready for a rebound in global business aviation next year, although views differ on the timing and shape of the industry’s recovery. When business does pick up, larger aircraft and new technology are expected to boost sales. The global market is bottoming out this year, as new business aircraft deliveries in 2010 are expected to fall below the dismal results of 2009...
October 1, 2010
Earlier this year, FAA awarded six contracts to industry teams under the Systems Engineering 2020 (SE2020) program. The SE2020 portfolio of contracts, with an estimated value of about $6.4 billion over 10 years, has been described as the largest set of awards in FAA history. Overall, the purpose of SE2020 is to establish a set of competitively awarded contracts to enable FAA program offices to meet their...
October 1, 2010
It’s getting increasingly rare for aerospace technology to drive other markets. It’s usually the other way around — a technology developed and proven in the commercial, retail market, for example, eventually works its way to aerospace, where it’s ruggedized for flight. That’s still the way it is, for the most part, in aviation displays, but there have been some recent...
October 1, 2010
In its 2010-2029 Business Aircraft Forecast released in July at the Farnborough Airshow, Bombardier Aerospace noted the first “green shoots” of recovery, offering hope the beleaguered business aviation segment is again rising. The Aerospace Industries Association (AIA), headed by former FAA Administrator Marion C. Blakey, also anticipates recovery, so much so that it is urging timely deployment...
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